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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ram Ramanarthan
Professor
Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography,
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Creating scalable solutions for "Bending the Curve" — flattening the upward trajectory of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and consequent global climate change

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Led by UC San Diego climate scientist Dr. Ramanathan, the report "Bending the Curve Report" identifies 10 scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability in California, the United States and the world. More than 50 researchers and scholars — from a wide range of disciplines across the University of California system — formed a climate solutions group led by Dr. Ramanathan to identify these solutions, many of which emerge from UC research as well as the research of colleagues around the world. Taken together, these solutions can bend the curve of climate change. The full report was published in spring 2016 after peer review on the heels of UC San Diego hosting in Fall 2015 the UC Carbon and Climate Neutrality Summit, which convened hundreds of leaders from academia, government, industry, non-profits and more to talk about scalable climate solutions.

Dr. Ramanathan and others now teach a class at UC San Diego based on the Bending the Curve Report. The course will be online and available to all UC students, not just UCSD students, in 2018.

See http://uc-carbonneutralitysummit2015.ucsd.edu/ and http://www.collabra.org/collections/special/bending-the-curve/


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Research
Air & Climate
Coordination & Planning

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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